Today’s decision by the Federal Communications Commission marks an important milestone in the effort to develop appropriate rules for an open Internet. We at Cisco strongly favor a balanced approach that at once protects end users and content providers from unwarranted blocking, as well as drives innovation inside the network by allowing new technology and business models to be deployed without onerous regulation.
We strongly oppose efforts to impose Title II telephone regulation on broadband. The vibrant broadband market that we have today is the result of sound past decisions that have avoided placing the heavy hand of regulation on the Internet.
Cisco’s Visual Networking Index shows that the challenges of managing ever-growing amounts of Internet data traffic are just going to increase. Our country needs policies that will drive new investment in broadband networks, not deter it.
It is important that the FCC recognizes the importance of all parts of the Internet ecosystem, helping to ensure that innovation will thrive.
Cisco stands ready to work with policymakers to achieve the right balance.